AP Lit Prezi
In the fictional book of Song of Soloman (1997), the Nobel prize winning author Tony Morrison portrays the character of Ruth Foster Dead as a subdued, quiet woman, a foil from the character of Pilate. Morrison asserts the subtle evasiveness of Ruth in the event of Milkman's birth, in collaboration with Pilate to fend off the threats of abortion from Macon Jr; however, half-agrees to reluctantly stick needles in her womb in order to save Milkman. Despite Macon Jr's growing anger over her "affection" for her father/son, Ruth continues to visit her father's grave and cares for her son Milkman, a passive independence. The stemming dependence of Pilate and others both financially and physically and her subtle passive submissiveness to Macon Jr's seething anger and force over her, conveyed by Morrion, serves a purpose in order to represent the unliberated woman's subtle independence who's goals are dictated by a patriarchal society - such as ours - in a seemingly assertive/straightforward tone, clawing away the hidden truths of gender inequality.